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NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Day 3 Preview
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15 Apr 2018 06:20 PM EST

-by Bo Marchionte, Contributing Writer; Image: North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive tackle B.J Hill. (Image Source: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at what Day 3 of the draft might look like for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Fourth-Round Picks by GM Kevin Colbert
2011 – Cortez Allen, DB, The Citadel
2012 – Alameda Ta’amu, DT, Washington
2013 – Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
2013 – Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
2014 – Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
2015 – Doran Grant, DB, Ohio State
2016 – Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
2017 – Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

Quick Hits

  • First SEC offensive lineman selected by Colbert and Steelers
  • Two quarterback selected in the fourth-round and only that round
  • Four of the last five drafts have resulted with an offensive player being selected in the fourth round, along with two quarterbacks

Round 4: NONE

Fifth-Round Picks by GM Kevin Colbert
2011 – Chris Carter, LB, Fresno State
2012 – Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
2013 – Terry Hawthorne, DB, Illinois
2014 – Shaquille Richardson, DB, Arizona
2014 – Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt
2015 – Jesse James, TE, Penn State
2016 – No Pick
2017 – Brian Allen, DB, Utah

Quick Hits

  • First tight end selected, hails from Penn State (wonder if Mike Gesicki could make it two)
  • 42 percent of the Steelers fifth-round selections are defensive backs
  • Zero defensive linemen selected in the fifth-round

Round 5: 139th overall
Possible Selections: Andre Chachere, CB, San Jose State; Braden Smith, G, Auburn; B.J. Hill, DT, N.C. State

Pick Is In: B.J. Hill | 6’4 315

Hill is athletic for his size. A great one-gapping plugger that adds depth to the defensive front with the potential to really contribute early. Daniel McCullers was re-signed but Hill had a great NFL Combine, fitting the mold of what Pittsburgh does defensively upfront.

Sixth-Round Picks by GM Kevin Colbert
2011 – Keith Williams, OG, Nebraska
2012 – No Pick
2013 – Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma
2013 – Vince Williams, LB, Florida State
2014 – Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
2014 – Daniel McCullers, DL, Tennessee
2015 – Leterrius Walton, DE, Central Michigan
2015 – Anthony Chickillo, LB, Miami
2016 – Travis Freeney, LB, Washington
2017 – Colin Holba, LS, Louisville

Quick Hits

  • No offensive players selected in 6th round since 2013
  • 44 percent of the picks are linebackers

Round 6: NONE

Seventh-Round Picks by GM Kevin Colbert
2011 – Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech
2012 – Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
2012 – David Paulson, TE, Oregon
2012 – Terrance Frederick, DB, Tennessee
2012 – Kelvin Beachum, OG, SMU
2013 – Nick Williams, DT, Samford
2014 – Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts
2015 – Gerard Hamilton, S, Louisville
2016 – Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
2016 – Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
2017 – Keion Adams, LB, Western Michigan

Quick Hits

  • Three tight ends drafted since 2011 and two are from the 7th round (all on Day 3)
  • 49 starts from seventh round picks from three players (Beachum 39, Paulson 9, and Ayers 1)
  • Zero DBs and QBs selected in seventh-round

Round 7: 220th overall
Possible Selections: Ethan Wolf, TE, Tennessee; Afolabi Laguda, FS, Colorado; David Steinmetz, OT, Purdue

Pick Is In: David Steinmetz | 6’7 322

GM Kevin Colbert and crew try to recapture the seventh-round magic of 2012, when they selected Kelvin Beachum, with their third pick of the seventh round that year. Steinmetz was an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where they used him at guard, which was a first in his career. Quick and pretty agile for a guy his size.

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